Our treatment staff uses cutting-edge brain injury rehab equipment to allow for optimal outcomes in recovery. We use a vast array of equipment and technology depending on specific needs and goals:
- Neuromove – EMG triggered NMES device. This machine requires active involvement as they attempt to move limbs on their own, and when reaching the activity threshold they then get the electrical stimulation as a ‘reward.’ The benefits are more brain connection and greater outcomes.
>>Electromyography (EMG) is an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
>>Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is a non-invasive, non-addictive means of muscle rehabilitation after injury, surgery or disease. Patients with a wide range of orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses can benefit from NMES, which applies customized electrical stimulus to cause a muscle to contract.
- Bioness L300 – This machine facilitates lower-extremity motor recovery during walking.
- Biodex treadmill (often partnered with the Lite Gait body weight support device) Monitors step lengths and right-versus-left weight bearing during gait.
- SANET– Visual Integration device is a great brain injury rehab equipment foundation; touch-screen large TV with programs that address visual, memory, and motor functions. This device is often used to address cognitive and motor skills needed for driving.
- ARMEO– A gravity eliminating or reducing device that addresses upper extremity movement recovery with assessment capabilities. This allows for work on moving their arm while sitting upright and interacting with therapeutic tasks on a computer screen instead of requiring the individual to be on their backs or stomachs since that would not be a real life possibility.
- Neuromuscular Electrical stimulation – These devices are used to stimulate the muscle movement. E-stim can be used on upper extremities, lower extremities, and the face and neck (for muscle weakness and swallowing treatment).
- iPad and iPhone applications – Therapists may suggest different applications for education, skills training, speech generation, and/or organization.
- Augmentative Communication devices – Dynavox, Prentke-Romich, Tobii and iPads can all be used for those who have difficulty with their speech. Therapists assist with the device to program personal information and personalized speech phrases.
- Visi-Pitch: This is used with voice, motor speech and auditory feedback deficits.
- Computers are used daily for:
- Social media
- Internet browsing
- Speech and language programs
- Vision programs
- Data entry/order processing
- Attention process training
- Pre-driving skills
- Typing practice
- Creating word and excel documents
This 16-foot mat with embedded sensors can analyze the walker’s gait and connects to the computer to display real-time results. This assessment tool allows your therapist to objectively monitor your gait and aspects that are improving or might cause hindrances instead of just simple observation. Many of our therapists have found that it is difficult to describe gait in a meaningful way without objective measures like this machine.
Biodex Balance Machine
Balance issues are one of the most common problems that face many of those who come to Pate. The Biodex Balance Machine allows our therapists to help individuals shift their balance appropriately, determine where they are placing the majority of their weight, and gain better control of their balance.
It has a small platform that can remain static or create varying tensions. The screen monitors where the individual’s center of gravity is and their weight shift. This high-tech brain injury rehab equipment offers objective information to detail improvements that have been made or areas to work on.